3 yr old doesnt talk !?!

Jessica - posted on 10/06/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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my daughter will be 3 in nov. and doesnt say words she just humms the words. Have had her hearing tested, she did wonderful! She's very smart and understands everything. She's to smart for her own good a lot of the time. Any ideas when, if, and why shes speech delaid?



I also have a son thats 6 yrs old and have never had any learning challenges with him.

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Pamela - posted on 02/07/2011

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I personally think why wait get her help the play group sounds great Im a stay at home mum that works nights when hubby is home my son have MERLD ( mixed expressive and receptive language delay) and has just turned 3 all the speech and play groups helped but he never talks more than when he comes back from daycare with his peers 3-5 year olds he learns social skills and speech from them. he loves his carers and is even learning to TT himself ( after we tried on and off last year)

Lisa - posted on 08/26/2010

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that sounds a lot like my son. He is very bright and very social. My son did speak he was difficult to understand though. We took him to speech therapy and he has a speech delay. Working with him has helped a lot.

Leia - posted on 06/23/2010

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My son also has been diagnosed with verbal apraxia. We have benefited greatly from speech therapy once this was discovered since there are different exercises and activities that work to help the apraxia. My two 1/2 year old son has gone from no words besides mamma to many words and even putting some together (although some are very hard for him to say). We got our services through the school district and they will follow him into preschool. Sometimes it may just take the right person to identify the issue because it is so hard when they are this young to diagnose exactly what the problem is in order to provide correct therapy that will help! Good luck to you!!! I know how hard it is to watch your child try to communicate and they don't know how!

Patricia - posted on 01/15/2010

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I have the opposite my daughter now 9 spoke full sentences at 1 but my boy struggled with speech and is just getting clearer now that he is 6. we had all the tests done and they all said he was normal so we just worked with him everyday asking him lots of questions and engaging him. it takes time but the results are clear.

Lorilee - posted on 01/14/2010

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Our son was also a late talker. We ended up doing the following:
- Had his eyes checked - he wears glasses because he has a stigmatism and lazy eye. Just had eye surgery for the lazy eye and is doing great.
- Went to an ENT and had his adnoids removed.
- Had him checked for autism - that was a negative.
- He was also tongue tied which made it hard for him to develop his speech.
- He also had his hearing checked, a few times but it was fine.
- Went to a private speech therapist who recommended we try to get him into and individual education program when he turned 3. This is done through the county and goes through your school system. He is now 6 years old and has learned so much through this program (and it is all paid for by your tax dollars). He goes to preschool 5 days a week for 3 hours each day. The bus picks him up and brings him home. It has made a huge difference in his speech, social skills and confidence. I would contact your county educational department and talk to them and maybe they can point you in the right direction. You don't want your son to get too much further behind.

Good Luck and remember there are alot of things you can do to get him help. Once they are in the IEP the speech services and anything else they may need is available to them throughout their school years. It is a fabulous program!

LaToya - posted on 11/14/2009

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Jenny thank you so much for sharing about your granddaughter! That was really encouraging for me to hear because I worry all the time about our son. I've literally began praying for him like crazy and my husband and I still work with him around the clock. Ironically within the last two weeks we noticed him verbalizing a lot more. We've been working with him on his letters for the longest. (I have a book called ABC Rhymes that I read daily). He says, A - O and most of the letters are pretty clear. And we can see him trying a lot more. And on Wednesday I went upstairs and told him to stay down with my husband (I was just going to grab something really quick), when out of the blue he yelled "Mama" really loud from the bottom of the steps!!!!! We were shocked! I called him up immediately to let him know I'd heard (he hasn't said it since but that was still a highlight of the week for me).

And as for the incident at gymboree, I didn't mention in my last post that my son is tall for his age (he's often mistaken for being 5). Well we were back at open gym at gymboree and that same kid, Elliot, was there and him and my son became the best of friends that day, running and chasing each other. And come to find out, Elliot isn't as old as I thought, he looks about 5 or 6 and I assumed he was just a mean older kid. Come to find out he's only 3 just really tall and Elliot and my son, Nathan get along really well now and Elliot is no long picking on him or the other kids in the class. Elliot's really talkative and my son loves running behind him playing and since they both tower the other little kids in class it's kind of a good combination.

Jenny we still have such a long way to go but your words and the things I've mentioned above have been really encouraging. God Bless you and your beautiful granddaughter!

Jenny - posted on 11/12/2009

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Hi LaToya, I'm so sorry about what happen at gymboree. My family has the same problem with my little granddaughter (our first). She will be 4 this January. We were so afraid that she would not talk. She has come a long way though. She is in pre-K and with other special needs children. It's breaks our heart that she is put in that class. But, she has learned how to speak 3 words sentences and knows how to say a word that gets the parents attention. She can say her alphabets and sing it too. She can also Identify the letters. We are so thankful of her improvement. My heart would break if another child teased my granddaughter about her speech. I just pray each day for her to catch up with her age group. God bless you.

LaToya - posted on 10/19/2009

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Hi I'm a stay at home mom to a boy who'll be 3 in December. He's also a late talker. He understands everything and he's up to 40 words (not clearly though). I took him to speech therapy for awhile but my husband and I didn't see any benefits from it. I keep getting advice telling me I should put him in a preschool but like you I refuse to leave him in the hands of strangers unless he can talk well. I bought a really good book called "it takes two to talk" and have been following the steps in there. I don't want to sound like i'm downing speech therapy, it obviously works for some but for our son i didn't see progress. He's involved in three playgroups and attends classes at gymboree and our library and honestly he's quite the social bird despite not saying much plus we have a 16 nth daughter and he loves his little sis. Good luck with what you decide! It's so hard when kids the same age are talking and ours is saying very little. I was in his gymboree class last week and I turned my head for a second and something happened between him and another kid in the class. My son was in tears and this kid was older and I'd seen him picking with other kids in class but unfortunately I had no proof and out son couldn't verbalize what happened it's times like these that make the late speech so hard to handle.

Nicole - posted on 10/09/2009

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Staying at home with your kids you get to know them very well!! It maybe that you know what she wants so she doesn't feel like she needs to say the words. My 21 mo son is like that. He hardly says any words yet. I keep working with him on saying things too instead of just getting them for him. I would have her assessed though....speech therapy may benefit her.

Jessica - posted on 10/07/2009

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thanks Jackie. Her Dr. and I have talked about speech testing but i dont think it would any good seeing that she only says like 3-4 works that a one yr old or littler would say. I'm looking in to a local dicovery learning daycare place that more hand on with each child. Its hard though cause I'm the type that only likes family/friends to watch my kids till they can talk. I have been a stay at home mommy her whole life so im stunded that she hasnt learned full sentences. where with my son i was going to college and working. Its just so weird and I hate not knowing the reseaning!

Jackie - posted on 10/07/2009

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There is so many different reasons for a speech delay from something physical to something emotional and also mental delays. Its best to get her in to get tested by a Speech Path. and see if speech therapy would benefit her. Also the sooner the better because the habits are the hardest thing to break after they know how to form the sounds properly.

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